La Storia

4.2
377 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
Michelin recommended, La Storia is a genuine Italian experience where guests share in the rich culture of the Italian table. Join us in Chicago’s historic gold coast neighborhood and enjoy faithful renditions of beloved regional dishes including Pappardelle, Whole-Roasted Branzino & Chicken Milanese. Indulge in our specialty handcrafted pastas, made in house, daily in the Sardinian style or try one of our new brick oven pizzas.

La Storia welcomes guests into a warm and intimate atmosphere filled with red banquettes and anchored by famed political caricaturist, Edward Sorel’s, murals featuring the figures who make up Chicago’s vibrant history. In the warmer months, join us in our idyllic garden courtyard, for social brunch featuring $3 mimosas and bellinis, or for a cozy dinner with loved ones underneath the twinkling market lights. La Storia offers a setting for all occasions - whether you’re planning a date night for two or a gathering for 50.
What 377 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

They lost our online reservation so we started at a high top. We ordered a bottle of wine (the cheapest one they had) and an appetizer which costed $85 with tip. Finally we were seated. No one approached us for 45 minutes. Finally we asked for a waitress and they were completely surprised we needed one. 2 hours since arriving they brought one meal and asked if there was anything else for the table. They had forgotten the second meal. We ate separately because of the timing. Horrible experience- will not go back.

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JM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Perfect neighborhood gem with tasty food. Very nice ambience and excellent service .

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Very very very slow service. Food was meh. Kind of expensive

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F
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

VERY PRETTY. SERVICE AND FOOD. WERE GREAT!

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DD
Chicago
100 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Beautiful decor, and a lovely outdoor space. The food is delicious, and the service was great.

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g
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

A wonderful evening on the patio

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

The service was poor. The food was not great.
We used to visit this restaurant & it was a wonderful experience all around. So very disappointed.

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CD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I had been wanting to try this place for quite some time. I did not even know that they were having a Grand Re-opening until I received an email stating that for 3 days they would be having special pricing of 50% off. Who could pass that up? Quite honestly, the value of the experience was worth the 50% off pricing. Perhaps with the Grand Re-opening, they are trying to get some things finalized both in terms of cooking and in terms of service.

My friend ordered the special steak and requested it to be cooked Medium. When she received the steak barely at a Medium Rare level she sent it back to be cooked more. No problem. It was a good sized steak and so it would clearly take several minutes to prepare it correctly. When the server came back with the steak, it was indeed cooked properly this time---but here is the odd part, half the steak was now missing! What started out as a good sized steak, turned into a small portion, with no mention of the missing part of the steak (the center piece). We did not complain again and just accepted the fact that what started out as a filet was now a petite filet. Oh well!

The pasta that I had was fine, but nothing out of the ordinary that you could definitely find elsewhere around the city.

All in all a decent meal, but with all the wonderful Italian restaurants in the city, this would not be a go-to spot, particularly at regular prices.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

They just did a grand re-opening and went with two of my friends. The meatball appetizer was really good. The burrata came without any bread or crackers. Who wants to eat soft cheese by the spoon? That's right, no one. So we asked for bread and the bread was light, fluffy and delicious. That's where the good ends.
We ordered a strip steak and salmon tar tar for entrees. The steak was cooked perfectly, but had literally no seasoning on the steak or the veggies that accompanied the dish. There was also a ton of fat still attached to the steak that should have been removed. The quality of the salmon wasn't bad, but again, it lacked any flavor. There was no lemon, no salt, no acid of any sort except for a couple of capers. And lastly, DO NOT GET THE FRIED PASTRY DESSERT. It tasted like stinky curdled cheese foot in your mouth. It was gnarly. GNARLY. The olive oil cake was delicious. We spoke to the manager and he was very gracious and appreciated the feedback. The waitress was barely there. I'd wait until they iron out the kinks before going there. You'll thank me later. And for the love of god, do not order the fried cheese pastry dessert.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Good food but lots of mixups with the waiter who forgot two dishes

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BL
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome! Really great dinner all around.

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SM
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this spot! Outdoor seating was so lovely...food was delicious...service very friendly!

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B
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was very friendly! Food was great! Hostess could accommodate the outside seating requested!

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L
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Portion of large spaghetti dinner was just horrible and unfair. I feel totally used. I respectfully brought it to the attention of server and management and they did absolutely nothing. Will discourage all not to go to this restaurant and get ripped off.

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QF
Fayetteville
16 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food was incredible though our waiter would disappear for extended periods. I’d give 5 stars but the waitstaff/bus boys responsible for refilling our waters, kept touching the edge of the bottle to the rims of our glasses, followed by the next table then the next, then the next.

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MV
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Good environment, but waiter was pushy on what we should order. Overall three stars. Food was small serving for the price

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CJ
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance was excellent as well as the wait staff. We ordered grilled octopus, gnocchi, pappardelle, porchetta, asparagus, and tiramisu. The asparagus and tiramisu were delicious. The gnocchi and pappardelle were good. The octopus was extremely fishy and the porchetta was dry, extremely fatty with very little crisp char. It honestly tasted like pork tastes when it’s reheated.
The staff and atmosphere are why I’m rating it 3 stars. I am fine paying money for a delicious meal but based on the quality of food for the price, it did not hit the mark.

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HK
Miami
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

everything was outstanding and we look forward to returning soon. I knew nothing about the restaurant before making the reservation but we went because it was near the theater.

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HN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

This was the 4th time I’ve been to La Storia, and it was the first time the food was way below standards. Entrees were very dry and lacked much seasoning. Surprising because every other time I’ve been there I really enjoyed it. Perhaps it was just a bad night

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Eh was unimpressed. My mom sent back her dish.

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T
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal, excellent service.
The only problem was when the manager came up and said that our $100.00 gift card which was given to us by a close friend would only be worth $50 maximum because they changed gift card vendors and there was some problems finding the true value of the card. He did his best to explain it but the reality is it’s not my problem that their vendor has a problem. He was apologetic and gave us a discount but they need to fix the problem with the gift cards. I didn’t use the card and expect it to be worth its full value next time I go there.

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KA
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Can't wait to visit La Storia again! Everything about this place is fantastic!

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M
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The ambience was good and so were the appetizers but three out of the four entree choices at our table were underwhelming. The service was warm but spotty

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MH
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect!

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w
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed the experience of visiting a classic, elegant, big-city Italian restaurant. Swanky ambience, attentive service and delicious, well-portioned food.

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JF
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My parents and I had a wonderful dinner at LaStoria, which is a great neighborhood restaurant for the Gold Coast. The menu has an array of options, the food was delicious and our service was delightful. We will definitely be going back.

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CC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Pretty loud when we went but didn't detract from the amazing quality of the food. While it can be expensive I didn't feel that I was getting ripped off. Definitely one of the "higher end" restaurants that I plan on returning to.

If money were not an issue I would be a regular!

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n
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

It was not a busy evening but we still seated all the way to back by the bathroom. Very unpleasant! Food is nothing to write home about! Will not go back!

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CM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

One of the better Italian restaurants in Chicago, best whole Branzino I've had in a while! Homemade pasta was great! Loved the ambiance of the restaurant- fun yet old school italian!! We will definitely be back!

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s
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it, we had the best time ever!! Was recommended by a bartender at the hotel we were staying at. Great staff, wonderful food and they let me peek in the kitchen which was spotless.
Thanks!!!!

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V
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

First of all I tried to get a 4:30 reservation and I could only get 4:45,when we arrived there was only one other table and when we left 2 hours later there was only one other table. Our server Evo was very friendly but we soon realized he was all about rushing us, I have NO reason why it was empty. They had a special early bird menu for drinks and appetizers. We asked about a bottle of Rose’and he was kind of saying a Rose’ wasn’t available and it wasn’t really a Rose’ we still ordered it and it was delicious. I loved the fact that he kept it chilled on ice. We then ordered two appetizer specials grilled octopus which was delicious and meatballs which were very spicy but I love spice so they were delicious well. They also serve individual warm focaccia bread with a beautiful cheese spread. We then felt rushed Evo kept asking if we want to order entree and we just wanted to relax and I said @ you took our menus away” he apologized and brought them to us. We then ordered a beet salad and he said sorry beets are not available maybe tomorrow ??? That doesn’t do us any good. So we ordered the Kale it was super salty potentially had a great taste but very salty. I ordered the risotto and my male friend ordered half an order if Pappradella and Evo said no you are a big man you need a full order. My friend said no I want a half . He said the pasta was delicious and my risotto was very watery not like a good creamy risotto and it had so much fresh thyme it was overwhelming. So then Evo brought what we thought was a dessert menu but it was the check, when he returned to take it we said “ no dessert menu “? He said oh I thought you were full because you didn’t finish your food and you wanted a smaller portion. He was very apologetic and said he felt bad. The final was the bill came and I saw that we were not charged the $7 appetizer price for our two appetizers and when I asked he said “ there was two of you so I ordered the full portion”. I felt he was upchargjng us.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved our dinner at La Storia. Entering the old brownstone it felt like being in someone’s dining room. Home made pasta was great , nice ambience, decor and very good service. Would definitely come back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The inside of my lasagna was cold... and it was very salty

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was great for a date, $2 for ice in my drink was a little much but overall really great.

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Noisy and salty food. service just fair BUT in their defense it was St Patrick's Day

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H
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this place! We took my mom here for her birthday with a group of 7 people. The service was excellent, the food was great, and the ambiance was nice. We loved it! It was also really easy to book online which I appreciated.

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BR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Atmosphere was great and the food was delicious. Service was prompt, professional and pleasant.

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FW
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

multiple failures on several levels.. food and service were both lacking

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D
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service. Special to enjoy a white tablecloth meal where you can hear everyone without shouting. Good food.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our food was amazing.
Service by our server was first class.
Ivo our waiter was extremely helpful with
Food and wine selection.
We will go back to restaurant.

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